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Educators play a vital role in developing the next generation of engineering and design innovators. The SOLIDWORKS Curriculum aims to provide a complete CAD teaching tool jam packed with software and lessons. These tutorials will help develope a solid foundation in 3D Modeling as well as analysis and industrial applications. Their main focus is primarily around hands on design projects, competitions and career skills growth.

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Qualified schools on active subscriptions have access to this guide at no cost. Please note: 

  • These free guides are downloadable PDFs that are not for reproduction.
  • The curriculums are for use with SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-17 and 2017-2018. Model files are available for both versions. 

Curriculum and Lessons

Fundamentals of 3D Design and Simulation

Fundamentals of 3D Design and Simulation manual is designed to assist you in teaching SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation in an academic setting. This guide offers a competency-based approach to teaching 3D design concepts, analysis and techniques.

Fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS Electrical is designed to assist you in teaching electrical design in an academic setting. 

Learning CAD and Simulation Courseware

These projects and hands-on activities aim to explore theory and basic engineering principles 


CAD Tutorial for SAE

SOLIDWORKS is proud to sponsor the Formula SAE, Formula Student, Baja SAE, and Supermileage Challenge competitions. In these events, university students gain meaningful real-world experience designing, building, testing, and competing, with original automotive designs in a team environment. 

Engineering Drawing Tutorials for Visualization

Explore manual technical drawing excercises and advance your skills by creating the 3D models and 2D drawings in SOLIDWORKS. 

CAD Tutorials for Vocational Schools

Designed for the machine shop student, these tutorials take you learning SOLIDWORKS and creating parts and assemblies that can be milled, turned and formed. 

Additional Resources

SOLIDWORKS Education Program

Education Program

Learn how the SOLIDWORKS Education Program allows you to focus on what's really important.

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SOLIDWORKS Education Certification

Education Certification

Learn about the SOLIDWORKS Student and Educator Certification program.

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STEM Education Data Sheet

STEM Education

Real-world 3D design software increases STEM skill in schools.

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